People with this style tend to be effective at laying out a plan with key milestones. Their natural tendency to track progress helps them know where they are in the accomplishment of a goal or task. They can be a positive influence on others as they help them schedule, plan, and set goals.
INFJ Time Challenges
The challenge for people with this style is in estimating the time a project will take. They may forget to include time in the plan for interruptions and other
people's needs for using time differently. They also sometimes can get bogged down in details or may disregard certain details altogether if they
don't fit with their picture of the end result.
Adapted from Susan K. Gerke and Karon West,
Quick Guide to Interaction Styles and Time Dynamics
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INFJs, planning is usually a good way to realize their
idealistic visions and strong convictions about how things ought to be
(particularly how they ought to be for people). Typically they
start with the big picture and how various elements are or could be
related, attending to some essential details later. One INFJ
described planning like this: "I scribble big picture ideas
on a yellow pad, adding details as I go. I recopy plans several
times; each one is more organized and detailed." They are
likely to be open to altering established plans only if there is a
better way of realizing the goals and values that will not be
detrimental to people. When generating plans, INFJs may
experience tension between their interest in newness and change and
honoring what has been proven to be comfortable.
usually prefer to organize their efforts so that there is balance
between organization and structure and concern for people and humane
values. To maintain this focus, many INFJs make lists and report
using a variety of tools, ranging from simple appointment books and
"mental time schedules" to more elaborate, and sometimes
INFJs say about their style:
backward from a deadline to scope out what has to be done by
when. Getting the big picture done; i.e., the rough draft, and
then squeezing in the details into 'the cracks in my
from a definite sense of values and what is important; being clear
that you really want to do something before agreeing to do it
one's self for completing an uninteresting task.
how much time a project will take and then becoming overwhelmed or
with multiple, competing priorities
an interesting idea too intensely. "I get so deeply
involved in some major projects that all else must wait, and I may
overlook scheduled appointments."
hate working in a messy environment and tend to start clearing and
cleaning instead of attending to important tasks."
Back on Track
back to the overview of what needs to be done, reestablishing
priorities or changing them if necessary.
some things be "less than perfect."
myself -- close the door, don't answer the phone.
of Time, Larry Demarest
Experience of Time
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